Hey guys and girls, Just thought I would check back in and share some of my thoughts on riding a bike and the experience in general so far (2 months). I have always been a car person and still am but had to get rid of my performance car to make way for some life changes, getting married, moving, etc. To cut a long story short after weighing up the costs of the car I wanted, I decided that ‘bang for buck’ a bike was the right step to take. I have done a range of advanced driving courses and consider myself a very aware/ observant driver and this was one of the main reasons I could justify the potential risks of riding a motorcycle to myself (and wife, who has been very supportive, even though not overly impressed). So I decided to take the plunge, I went and bought a CBR650f and while I was waiting for it to be delivered to the showroom I completed my L’s at St Ives. The L’s test I found quite easy once the initial nerves had died down, however it still amazes me that the whole time you never go over 20-25km/h or do any higher speed cornering and can then go and jump on a bike and realistically never do those speeds (only faster). It finally came time to pick my bike up, I decided that I would pick it up myself from the shop on regent street in Redfern, in peak hour. I don’t think that it was necessarily a mistake but it was an eye opener, and I was pretty scared to be honest coming back through the city to Balmain. I made it home alright and decided I may as well keep riding in the traffic and show everyone I knew. I am loving riding the bike and it has really filled the gap left by not having a performance car and It has paved the way for more respect of the road, especially in the windy parts. I must say though it has been much easier learning to ride already understanding that everyone on the road is out to kill you (this is the same philosophy that I drive with), and I don’t necessarily think that I would like to learn to ride a bike as a young guy/girl having never driven before and having to adjust to the aggressive roads in Sydney while learning to ride. That’s just my personal preference however. Summing up I have been commuting to work regularly, getting out into the windy open road, and a bit of wet weather riding as well, and am thoroughly enjoying all aspects of riding so far. It has been a great experience and I am looking forward to completing some advanced riding and just quietly getting a faster bike. Thanks for reading, Daniel.